The Perfect Lie by Karen Osman

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a review, or anything else here on the blog. With everything going on in the world right now, I haven’t been able to concentrate on writing out my opinions about the books I’ve read—until today. A quick thought written out on Goodreads ending up becoming a mini-review, so I decided to post it here, as well.

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Ellis Island: A People’s History by Małgorzata Szejnert, Sean Gasper Bye (Translator)

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Despite my love of history, I never got around to doing any serious reading about Ellis Island. My knowledge consisted mainly of what I was taught in school (most of which I’ve long since forgotten) and random information gleaned from things I read over the years that briefly mentioned its history and purpose, but only in relation to the topic I was reading about at the time. When I discovered this book on Edelweiss, I felt excited to (finally) read a book focusing on Ellis Island, its employees, and the emigrants who arrived there full of hopes and dreams of a new life in the United States.

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The Last Children of Mill Creek by Vivian Gibson

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Author photo by: Iris Schmidt

In this memoir, Gibson shares stories about growing up in Mill Creek Valley—a segregated neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri—before a massive urban-renewal project emptied the once thriving community of its 20,000 residents and 800 businesses.

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